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This plant is commonly known as a Sago Palm or Fern Palm, although it is neither a fern nor a palm but a Cycas Revoluta.

Location: Puerto San Juan, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200mm. Captured in RAW. Post-pro adjustments in CS2.

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27.01.2013, 798 views.

Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take a shot of the whole plant but here is one of the prongs in the heart of the plant:

Solved by Pix-Elation after about 15 guesses! Congratulations! He wins the prize – which means I will purchase one of his cards:-)
I’ll purchase a card from the first person who is right or from the person who is closest on 16th April!

I’ll add clues every day if anyone is interested in playing along:-)

I was fascinated by a plant I noticed on a photo trip during a vacation on Tenerife.

Basia guessed that “They looks like the prongs of a fern.”
She’s getting warm.

This is a tropical and subtropical plant but it is not a fern although the green leaves uncoil as they do.

Here is a shot of the leaves at an earlier stage:

The heart – just visible at the top of the above shot continues to develop like this before developing into the fern-like prongs at their next stage:

This is a larger view of the heart of the plant before those prongs develop. The prongs develop further into a larger leaf.

We’re getting close!
Pix-elation suggested that it is some kind of palm.
It’s common name does contain the word “palm” although it is not of the palm family.


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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    This is a brilliant shot

  • Thank you, Tina.
    Would you like to hazard a guess as to what it is?
    Wishing you a great Easter! Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • DoreenPhillips
    DoreenPhillipsover 4 years ago

    Vanilla pods?……………..What a Brilliant Image!!!………..x

  • Thank you for the compliment. No, not vanilla pods, I’m afraid.

    – Kasia-D

  • DoreenPhillips
    DoreenPhillipsover 4 years ago

    Aloe Vera?………….How many shots am I allowed?…..I will be thinking all night now………..x

  • No, not aloe vera. It would be great, if you’d wait till tomorrow before adding the next one:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 4 years ago

    Another suggestion by SeeOneSoul 30 minutes ago

    I was going to say these look like seed pods … or they could be an obscure underwater plant lol …
    I’m fascinated now too !! ;)

    Hi Tina, I’d really appreciate if you added your suggestion under the shot:-) But I’m afraid they are not really seed pods and not underwater plants either. Thanks for participating and Happy Easter!

  • Basia McAuley
    Basia McAuleyover 4 years ago

    hmm,, they look like prongs from a fern? very cool image ;o)

  • Basia, thank you. You are right that this part looks like a fern. But not a normal fern.

    – Kasia-D

  • I’ve just added another photo which might help.

    – Kasia-D

  • Fiery-Fire
    Fiery-Fireover 4 years ago

    Hmmmm Tenerife plant life ….gotta think about it
    The image is superb either or ;)

  • Fiery-fire, thank you for the compliment:-) Have fun thinking and I hope you come back with a guess!

    – Kasia-D

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 4 years ago

    Latest status:
    Basia is right that they look like the prongs from a fern – but what is the actual plant?

  • SeeOneSoul
    SeeOneSoulover 4 years ago

    ok … I’ve been searching … can’t find which ferns leaves unfurl like this … thought for a minute it might be the Royal Fern but those seep to uncurl differently …

  • Thanks for the guess but not the Royal fern.
    Remember Basia said “it looks like a fern”.

    – Kasia-D

  • I’ve just added another photo which might help.

    – Kasia-D

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarover 4 years ago

    Great! :))))

  • Dziekuje! Wesolych Swiat! Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarover 4 years ago

    Thank you Kasia :)) Happy Easter ;))

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